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Bug 81127 - Some mountpoints cause filesystem rpm to fail
Summary: Some mountpoints cause filesystem rpm to fail
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda
Version: 8.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Michael Fulbright
QA Contact: Mike McLean
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2003-01-05 06:47 UTC by Damian Menscher
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:49 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2003-05-25 14:58:24 UTC

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Description Damian Menscher 2003-01-05 06:47:54 UTC
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Description of problem:
If you have a mountpoint such as /usr/local or /var/mail, it will cause the
install to fail at the filesystem rpm.  Apparently it tries creating these
directories, and is confused that they already exist.  Changing the mountpoints
to /usrlocal and /varmail allowed it to proceed, and I can fix them after the

Yes, this sounds unbelievable.  And it is.  Which is why it took me about 20
hours to diagnose.  I am NOT a happy camper.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Create /var/mail and /usr/local mount points

Actual Results:  Failed to install on package filesystems.

Expected Results:  Normal install.

Additional info:

I used disk druid to partition, but I doubt it matters.

Comment 1 Damian Menscher 2003-01-06 03:45:46 UTC
Further testing revealed is was the /var/mail mountpoint causing the problem,
not the /usr/local one.  Apparently under RH, /var/mail is a symlink to
/var/spool/mail.  If /var/mail exists already as a mountpoint, the symlink
fails, causing the filesystem rpm to fail, and killing the install.  The "fix"
is to create /var/spool/mail as your mountpoint.  Obviously it would be nice if
a descriptive error were given, rather than just aborting the install.

Comment 2 Michael Fulbright 2003-01-08 21:05:46 UTC
I will add this to the list of mount points we blacklist.

Comment 3 Michael Fulbright 2003-01-08 21:18:25 UTC

Comment 4 Brent Fox 2003-05-25 14:58:24 UTC
I'm going through Bugzilla closing some bugs that have been marked as Modified
for some period of time.  I believe that most of these issues have been fixed,
so I'm resolving these bugs as Rawhide.  If the bug you are seeing still exists,
please reopen this report and mark it as Reopened.

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